Discerning The Voice of God

Hebrews 5:14,  “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

There’s many ways that the Lord communicates or “speaks” to His people.  Many believers are only aware of one specific way that Holy Spirit will communicate with them.  This does not mean that He does not still try to convey His message or leading to us, just some never actually pick up on it due to their understanding or lack there of.  

Hosea 4:6 (YLT),  “Cut off have been My people for lack of knowledge…..”

The scripture even tells us that our spiritual senses can trained and strengthened through our use of them.  Remember, you have five senses in the natural.  You can hear, see, touch/feel, smell and taste.  Likewise we also have the same five senses in the spirit. 

  • Hear  –  John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice…..”
  • See  –  Elisha’s servant saw chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:17)
  • Touch/feel  –  The rich man felt torment and agony after death in Luke 16:23-24
  • Smell  –  There are many places in scripture that refer to smells, odors, stenches, aromas, etc. And they are not neccessarily referring to smells in the natural. These however can be interpreted by some in different manners, nevertheless they are still there in scripture.
  • Taste  –  John said he actually tasted something while in the vision. (Revelation 10:9-10)

So, if we have these spiritual senses then God will communicate to us through them. 

Three very common ways God will speak through us…..

  • You may “see” something.  Not necessarily with your physical eyes but with your spiritual eyes or your mind’s eyes or with your imagination. You can see pictures in your mind, imagination or even something in the spirit superimposed in the natural.  Sometimes these pictures may require interpretation and you may or may not have the interpretation at the moment.  There can be much said about the imagination as well.          

Ephesians 1:18 says,  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…..”            

The Greek word for heart here is “dianoia”, meaning understanding, deep thought and imagination.  Paul prayed that the eyes of their imagination be enlightened.  Your imagination is neither a good nor bad thing.  It’s neutral, much like a radio, tv, or projector.  These things have the ability to project and amplify both positive and negative.           

Consider our imagination when we begin to worry about our finances, health, or future in any way.  Many have no problem using and accepting things of their imagination when it comes to worry and something negative.  However when God is attempting to communicate something through our spiritual eyes, minds eye, or imagination we push it to the side by saying, “oh, that’s just my imagination.”  Why is it when we begin to worry or be tempted it’s not as easy to say, “oh, that’s just my imagination.”              

We have the tendency to put more emphasis on what the enemy, others, or even ourselves can project through our imaginations rather than what God can communicateThis really needs to change

  • You may “hear” something.  This would not usually be an audible voice however I can’t say that it would never be.  Normally you would just feel like your hearing something because it’s with your spiritual ears.  And that makes it no less real.  It could be several words or it may just be one word.  And again, you may or may not understand exactly what they mean.  They may require interpretation or another may understand exactly what they mean through confirmation.  And also, we always “judge” what we receive to ensure it lines up to the Word and the Spirit of truth.  To assume that what we always receive must be from the Spirit of God would be foolish and immature. 
  • You may just “know” or “feel” something.  You can simply receive an impression from the Lord.  These would probably be one of the most subtle ways God communicates with us.  You just know something by revelation but have no natural knowledge on the subject.  And this should not be confused with suspicion or hunches.  This can also be extended into actually “feeling” something.  You can actually feel a sensation or pain in your body that will lead to you praying for someone’s healing in that area. 

All of these are just a few ways that God communicates with us but He is not limited by just these.  

Shall we always desire to grow and strengthen ourselves in the Lord and continue to increase in our ability to receive direction from Him

Pastor Justin

One thought on “Discerning The Voice of God

  • March 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

    This is so good!! Sound teaching Justin!! Love it!!


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